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From Penthouse to Ground Floor: The Penthouse Magazine Bankruptcy

Creative Destruction and an Inevitable Fall: What Can We Learn From the Penthouse Magazine Bankruptcy? Penthouse International, publisher of Penthouse Magazine, sold for $11.2 million in June of 2018. The company was worth about $700 million (adjusted for inflation) at its height. The latest Penthouse Magazine bankruptcy highlights just how far Penthouse has fallen, and […]


Absolute priority rule

The Order of Claims in Bankruptcy: Absolute Priority Rule, Structured Dismissals and More

Are the Rules Really “Absolute?” At its core, corporate bankruptcy addresses the problem of the “inadequate pie.” While occasionally the debtor will be solvent, in most cases, the debtor will, for lack of a better term, be “bankrupt.” That is, it won’t have enough money or other assets to pay its creditors all they are […]


Receipt of goods in administrative claims

When are Goods ‘Received by the Debtor’ for Purposes of a Section 503(b)(9) Administrative Expense Claim?

Two Decisions that Clarify “Receipt” of Goods in Administrative Expense Claims   Section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code1 allows a creditor an administrative expense claim (i.e., a claim with payment priority over other pre-bankruptcy claims) for the value of goods that the debtor “received” within 20 days before filing for bankruptcy. But what precisely does […]


Legacies of the Jevic Case: Structured Dismissals Three Years after the Fall

Revisiting the Jevic Case and the Absolute Priority Rule   In the familiar scenario, a highly-leveraged debtor files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and an asset sale takes place. The lender is paid (in whole or in part), but either way, there is not enough cash left over to fund a plan confirmation process, which requires […]


Recharacterization and equitable subordination as tools for altering order of priority of creditors

90 Second Lesson: What is the Difference Between Recharacterization and Equitable Subordination?

Discerning Similar Methods to Lower the Order of Priority of Creditors’ Claims   [Editors’ Note: This is part of our irregular series in which we answer readers’ questions. If you have a question, submit it to [email protected] and we will try to answer it.] Question: Jeff P. from Los Angeles asked us to explain the […]


Swan deals in recharacterization

The Elegant Swan and Clumsy Duck: What is Recharacterization in Bankruptcy?

How the Recharacterization of Debt Impacts Creditors   The line between a loan and an equity investment isn’t always clear. In these cases, those who represent unsecured creditors can impact the distribution on claims in the creditor’s favor. This is done through the recharacterization of debt. In bankruptcy, a debt claim has a higher priority […]


Absolute Priority Rule in Bankruptcy: Are You Atop the List?

If you are a vendor, service provider or another unsecured creditor to a chapter 11 debtor, you cannot be blamed for feeling like a duped lover after learning about the bankruptcy of your once devoted business companion. Despite the promises that “I’ll stand by you if you stand by me,” all those outstanding invoices won’t […]


Dealing With Distress for Fun & Profit – Installment #16 – Super and Residual Priorities

This series was started with a broad overview of business bankruptcy, but our last few installments have focused on: unsecured creditors the priority scheme in bankruptcy protecting/collecting your claim In this installment, we draw on our discussion of the priority scheme, with a special focus on super and residual priorities. As previously discussed, not all […]


Dealing with Distress For Fun & Profit – Installment #14 – An Introduction to Chapter 11 for Unsecured Creditors: What Every Unsecured Creditor Should Know

A written tour of business bankruptcy and its alternatives. If you would like to read from the beginning, this series started here with a broad overview of business bankruptcy. Most recently, the series has focused on the automatic stay, where you can find the 30,000-foot view. Or you can find more specific treatment here, here and […]


Life Partners Holdings – A Viatical Settlement Scheme Comes Crashing Down (Part 1)

If you are already familiar with the Life Partners Holdings debacle, you may think that the term “Life Partners” should stand for Brian Pardo and his partners in crime who ran that notorious company serving life sentences (instead of just paying massive fines and having some of their assets seized). Such criminals’ loss of liberty may […]


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